Vanessa Simmons Talks Father Rev. Run’s Reaction To Being Pregnant & Unmarried + Why She’s Doesn’t Want A Shotgun Wedding

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For some, when word hit that Vanessa Simmons, the daughter of Rev. Run and niece of Russell Simmons, was pregnant, the first question asked was ‘Really?’ Later followed up with, ‘By who?’ I’ll admit, I like some of you was clueless that she was even in a relationship. For the past few years, she’s quietly dated Mike Wayans, the son of Damon Wayans. And, while she’s a grown woman (heck, she’s 30-year’s old), some folk (not all) were scratching their heads at the fact that she’s pregnant and not married–most because of whom her father is. After making the announcement this week via Instagram, she cleared the air and speculation surrounding her relationship status and if she and Mike have any plans on jumping the broom soon.


She explained to Essence:

There’s this whole idea of first comes the marriage then the baby carriage so I was so nervous, but my dad was actually really excited because this is the first grandchild for my family. I think somewhere deep inside he was kinda like, ‘When am I going to experience that part of life?’ Of course he wants us to get married, but for now he was like, ‘We’re gonna figure this out. Just be happy and have a healthy pregnancy. I’m behind you a hundred percent.’

The pair plan on getting getting married, Simmons explained:

Of course we talk about that and it’s looking good, but I don’t want to be a pregnant bride. I wanna have a beautiful wedding, hopefully a destination wedding where I can show off my figure in a beautiful long flowing dress.

The pair initially thought they were having a boy, but found out they are having a little girl, so what about baby names?

Now I’m stumped thinking of little girl names, but I’m excited because little girl clothes are amazing and I’m the girliest girl ever!”

Both uncle Russell and dad Rev.Run took to Twitter to express their excitement:

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Congrats to the couple! [Essence]

  • Razzi

    Im sure people only questioned her not being married and being preggers since her dad is a “Rev”. Im glad she is doing this on her terms. Congrats to them both….

  • vapariga

    Hey…nothing is “traditional” anymore. She is so pretty and lowkey…and she is also very grown. Sounds like they are happy and going down that path eventually, so congrats to them!

  • DIVA

    Congratulations to her and being who she is and not letting people make decisions for her. She is 30 yrs old…I call that a “Grown Woman” and on top of that she has her on career so that means she has her on money. I love how her dad reacted to her when she told him. Yes people probably did judge her because her dad is “REV Ron” but who cares about that she is the only one can answer to God about whatever she do in life. It’s not up to us to judge her. #TeamVanessa :)

  • A

    Im happy for the two of them.. congrats…